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Bryan “Butch” Vigorson (born August 2, 1957 in Viroqua, Wisconsin) is both a rock musician and record producer.

Butch Vig first became famous in the music business in 1991 when he produced Nirvana’s Nevermind and The Smashing PumpkinsGish and Siamese Dream. Before that he had produced lots of small punk rock bands such as Killdozer and The Other Kids.

His production work on Nevermind is widely credited as the reason that Nirvana broke through to the mainstream, going #1 on the charts (replacing Michael Jackson). Their previous album, Bleach was produced by Jack Endino and had a much dirtier sound, while Nevermind had many overdubs and studio tricks (part of this is credited to Andy Wallace). Cobain would later criticize Vig for the album’s slickness. However, Vig’s next project would serve to complement his skills. Billy Corgan welcomed Vig’s elaborate production on The Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream, specifically layering, the track “Soma” on the album for example uses over 40 dubs. This album met with great commercial and critical reception, also breaking another indie band into the mainstream.

Currently Butch Vig is the drummer of the popular group Garbage, who have released the albums Garbage (1995), Version 2.0 (1998), Beautifulgarbage (2001) and Bleed Like Me (2005) plus a James Bond theme song for The World Is Not Enough.

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  • songfactslastfm

    "I'm really a pop geek. I listen to all kinds of music." - Behind the drum kit of Garbage sits Butch Vig, who as producer of landmark albums by both Nirvana (Nevermind) and Smashing Pumpkins (Gish and Siamese Dream), led the '90s grunge/alt-rock revolution. How did Butch develop those golden ears? As we learn here, the man who burnished "Smells Like Teen Spirit" into a hit grew up on West Side Story and "MacArthur Park." Butch also talks about Garbage's first-ever live DVD, One Mile High…Live, which he says is far from perfect. Finding this balance between perfection and feel is the touchstone of a Butch Vig production, and according to Butch, this pursuit of perfection also marks the fundamental difference between Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/butch_vig/

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • crispolly

    Amazing job with Wasting Light, Vig. Congratulations <3

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • crispolly

    Genious. [2]

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Danielcarmoo

    Genious.

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ontheupside

    Green Day... BUTCH, WHAT HAPPENED?! D'=

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    :D

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • djmollusk

    probably one of my favorite producers

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
  • religend

    je le manager du groupe de rockreligend permetez nous de vous envoyer les démo il sont vraiment bon tres bon like nirvana,alice in chains...ect

    11 Jun 2007 Reply

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